Foto Focus: Allianz Arena

This week marks the fourth anniversary of the opening of the Allianz Arena (or Fußball Arena München for UEFA-organised matches), home to FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München and made famous during the 2006 World Cup. A number of remarkable photos of the stadium’s unique aesthetic have appeared on Flickr over the years, so today we take a look at it from up close, afar and in all its colour-shifting glory.

The stadium, constructed of 2,874 ETFE-foil air panels, famously changes colour depending on whether the home team is Bayern (red), 1860 (blue) or the German national team (white). Allianz has a 30 year contract for naming rights, though the stadium was known as the FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich for the 2006 World Cup for sponsorship reasons.

Allianz Arena

The Arena. By Eldejo.

Up Close. By Pianoman75

From afar. By blubbla

Inside. By Herby Crus.

Inside. By Brain farts.

Behind the scenes. By manuela.martin.

Stairway. By manuela.martin.

Press area. By emphasis.

Press area. By emphasis.

Seating. By Daveybot.

Seating. By Daveybot.

Stairwell. By mikmunich.

Stairwell. By mikmunich.

Parking. By Probek.

Parking. By Probek.

Clearing the snow. By hcm80.

Clearing the snow. By hcm80.

Legoland. By CottonIJoe.

Legoland. By POPOEVER.

ETFE-foil sample. By caprilemon.

ETFE-foil sample. By caprilemon.

In white. By Digitaler Lumpensammler.

In white. By Digitaler Lumpensammler.

In Blue. By Digitaler Lumpensammler.

In blue. By Digitaler Lumpensammler.

In red. By hipydeus.

Allianz Arena in red & white

In red & white. By Probek.

The Arena’s aesthetics are undeniably stunning. I’d be interested in hearing from those who have gone there how they felt about it in person, because aside from the exterior colour-glow, there’s an eerie feel of THX-1138 to it all.

And indeed, the stadium has been a subject of a stringent critique from many supporters unhappy with the restrictions and conditions inside the Arena. Does the experience match the adornment at Allianz Arena?

Photo credits: hipydeus, Pianoman75, blubbla, probek, Digitaler Lumpensammler, Brain farts, eldejo, emphasis, Daveybot, hcm80, mikmunich, POPOEVER, caprilemon and manuela.martin on Flickr.

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